Thursday, March 31, 2011
Half Price Books Review and Giveaway!
If your family reads books, the way my family reads books, I want to introduce you to this super, great store we know about. It is called Half Price Books. We look for them wherever we go, and since every thing is bigger and better in Texas, guess what we found! Loads of Half Price Books! The first Half Price Books was opened in 1972 by Ken Gjemre and Pat Anderson with 2,000 books from their own collections in a converted laundromat in Dallas, Texas. Their idea was to offer a great product at a great price. Believe me when I tell you it caught on! There are now Half Price Stores in 16 states. They carry anything printed or recorded, except as they say, yesterdays newspaper. They have records, cds, cassette tapes, video tapes, dvds, books (both hardcover and paperback), booklets, pamphlets, magazines, etc. They do have an online store where you can browse and order, but if you are like me, it is more fun going to the store and browsing through the books. You know, sort of treasure hunting. It is exciting when you find that special book.
Most used books are half the cover price, unless they are collectibles. The nice thing though is the longer they are there, they eventually get marked down. Of course our personal favorite is their clearance corner where books are often $1, $2, and $3. We have also found some children's books as low as 25-50 cents each. Recent magazines are half price and then older ones are .50-$1.00. I don't think we ever left one without purchasing something. Which is why on this trip we brought 6 large bins of books to turn in, which they either give you credit towards your purchases or as cash. I am really hoping we go back with less than we brought! We have to go back through Dallas and since their stock changes daily, we will probably end up with more books.
One of the Half Price Books we visited was located at 711 N. Hwy 67 in Cedar Hill, Texas, where I met the manager Doug Wise. He was kind enough to donate a $10 Gift Card for a giveaway to the readers here. You can see in the picture at the top of the post my son and daughter entering the store. They often race each other to get to the clearance section first!
Outside the store were several carts, like the one in the picture above, with marked down books.
Here my son, husband and another customer are looking for books in the clearance section.
In the above picture you can see my daughter in a portion of their children's section. Yes, I said a portion!
This is a picture of a section of their books on pets. Anything from pocket pets to dogs and cats, even livestock.
And this is an up close of some of their children's collectible books.
We always check their collectible books. We love the old Christian books and I have a favorite author who wrote under the pen name of Pansy, so I am always trying to find more of her books.
This store had some of the nicest employees! They were very helpful. Including, providing a map and directions to the other stores in the area. There are 13 nearby stores listed on the website! Each store has these maps available, so once you find one, you should have no trouble finding the other stores in the area. They are presently participating in the 13th Annual Half Pint Library Book Drive. They collect new and gently used books for local kids in need. For each book donated Half Price matches book for book. What a great way to give to the community!
The winner of this giveaway will receive a $10 Gift Card to Half Price Books.
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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did not receive anything for review purposes. All quotes are from the Half Price Books website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.